FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2008

CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications

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Vermont Humanities Council Invites Applications for Vermont Reads 2008

Vermont’s Statewide, One-Book Community Reading Program Brings A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost by Natalie Bober to Vermont Communities
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Montpelier, VT ~ The Vermont Humanities Council is seeking applications from Vermont communities for summer and fall participation in Vermont Reads, VHC’s statewide, one-book community reading program. The 2008 Vermont Reads pick is
A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost by Natalie Bober. The deadline for applications is May 30.

Communities applying will receive up to 75 books, based on the strength of their application, as well as multiple resource and publicity materials. Communities interested in applying can visit www.vermonthumanities.org or call 802.262.2626 x304.

Established in 2003, the Vermont Reads program promotes community-building, open dialogue, intergenerational exchange, a focus on the humanities, and literacy. The program brings together communities around the state to discuss and build activities around a book of high quality and acclaim.

The first biography chosen for Vermont Reads, A Restless Spirit spans the lifetime of Robert Frost, one of the most popular, celebrated, and studied poets in American literature. Bober, an award-winning biographer and historian, artfully places Frost against the backdrop of his time and reveals a complex portrait of the man.

Vermont Reads activities have included book discussions, read-a-thons, staged dramatic readings, art projects and exhibits, community pot lucks, oral history presentations, writing contests, and scrapbook making. This year, communities reading A Restless Spirit can also include biography projects, board games, farming activities, field trips to Frost sites, panel discussions on Frost’s life and poetry, outdoor activities, and nature and poetry projects.

Twelve communities are taking part in the spring/summer round of Vermont Reads. They include Alburg, Ascutney, Brattleboro, Chelsea, Chester, Highgate Center, Quechee, Shaftsbury, South Royalton, Tunbridge, West Pawlet, and Westminster.

Vermont Reads 2008 kicks off with a celebration and author talk at Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock on May 17. (For more information call 802.457.2295.) Further events are planned for the fall. And VHC will continue its exploration of Robert Frost’s life and legacy at its annual Fall Conference, to be held this year in Middlebury on November 14–15.

NRG Systems of Hinesburg is the sponsor of the 2008 Vermont Reads program, with additional support from the John and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

The Vermont Humanities Council presents Vermont Reads in partnership with Vermont Public Radio.

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